Unbundling worker and manager preferences for workplace organization: understanding support for new forms of labor representation

Project Summary:

The rate of unionization remains low in the United States, and as new forms of worker representation emerge, we need to better understand what workers want from labor organizations and how employee preferences differ across industries and occupations. This project will field a relatively large-scale survey, with embedded survey experiments, to examine what aspects of labor organization are preferred by workers and management.


Alexander Hertel-Fernandez is an Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He received his PhD in Government and Social Policy from Harvard University and his B.A. with honors in political science from Northwestern University. Previously, he worked at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC with a focus on health reform and Social Security. He is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and was elected to the board of that organization in 2016. In 2016, he was named one of Pacific Standard's “30 under 30” thinkers. He studies the political economy of the United States, with an emphasis on the politics of organized interests, especially business.